Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Marbury Writes for NY Post

Breaking News! Marbury does it again. No new Starbury (yet). Thankfully, no new body ink, but Stephon Marbury has pulled another stunt. In the closing hours of 2008, NY Post reporter, Marc Berman, published a post authored by the banished Knicks point guard on Post Knicks Blog. Who cares?

On a serious, I'm not too interested in his new aerobics video. I don't care what his blog says and will ever say. Just like I don't want to listen to Dennis Miller talk about football on Monday nights. I'd rather just watch Steph play basketball if that's cool.

In a really cheesy way, I hope Steph makes a turnaround this new year - even in the next couple of months. If he still loves the game, it will show if he does get back on the court this year. If he still loves to play, he'll still be worth watching.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Photo Opp

Danilo Gallinari poses for photo with Italian soccer player Stefano Mauri before game against the Denver Nuggets on December 28, 2008. About the most action he'll see for the rest of the season by the looks of things.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Knicks Cap

This Knicks cap, though not my own, was one of my favorite that I peeped this year. First saw this in the spring, Mishka and Cap City are responsible for this “New York” Team Series of custom New Era lids.

Knicks Kicks

Saw these on someone's feet recently. These Nike Flight Dunk Hoop joints are supposedly Knick-inspired. They were pretty popular kicks on the streetball scene this summer and this photo comes from a post from August'08.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Regies Philbin Reps the Knicks

Curry Coming Back?

In an MSG interview during the 1st QT of the Knicks-Nuggets game, Eddy Curry said he'll be back in about two weeks. He wanted to play and according to Kelly Tripucka, an odd choice for a commentator in my book, he's needed on the team. At this point, with no end to the Marbury fiasco in sight, Walsh is during a lot of money just to make a point.

Curry may be injured, but how he'll fit in on this Knicks team remains to be seen. He hasn't had much chance to play or even actively practice with the club. He's missed a lot of games and his conditioning will have no choice but to be exposed when he does return. Ultimately, Curry needs to make the decision to play that Starbury didn't. Curry has a great opportunity to step in and help put the Knicks back on track - if that is even possible.

"I talked to [Coach Mike D'Antoni] a couple of times," Curry told the Post before Chrsitmas. "He really assured me he wants me to be part of what's going on and for me not to lose my concentration and stay in it mentally and keep trying to work hard so when I come back I'm not too far behind. I'm glad he's anticipating my return."

It seems like both player and coach realize that they need each other. There is no getting around size in the NBA and Curry possesses a ton of size. The issue with him has always been the way he uses his span and strength. While Curry will have to get creative if he's really going to adapt to Coach D's style, Coach D'Antoni will have to be willing to coach Curry like he never has before. Bluntly, Curry must be willing to be coached and D'Antoni must be willing to coach him. You can have it any other way if there is an chance of the Knicks making the playoff.

According to the Post and ESPN.COM, Curry completed a three-week rehab that included a weekly shot in his knee. He might be able to rejoin the team in full practices in a week. Curry could make his season debut in two weeks. Even so, in what condition and of what kind of use to the Knicks?

"I'm excited, I'm ready to get back," Curry told the Post. "I'm definitely excited."

Curry averaged 13.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game under Zeke Thomas last season. During this year's exhibition season, Curry averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 boards in just 14 minutes. After the trade of Zach Randolph, the Knicks need Curry's 7-footers services. His return will be key to any potential playoff surge the Knicks made.

The sudden change of heart seems a little desperate. The entire Knicks situation is getting foggy again. It's as if, they playoffs will never be a priority as long is there is an excuse why we don't need to be in them. Mike Breen of MSG said before halftime D'Antoni was quoted as saying, "Let's stop talking about the playoffs and get back to what we do best."

Did he mean loose?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vintage Knicks Stickers

I found these stickers a while back at Royal Collectibles on Metropolitan Avenue in Queens. I'm not sure where the came from, other than the Fleer company, but they seemed like a pretty good find. I guess, I gottalota Knicks sh*t.

photo: Maggie Coughlan

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Robinson Returns to Dunk Contest

Dwight Howard will defend his Slam Dunk title during NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix in February. He'll battle Memphis’ Rudy Gay and past winner Nate Robinson of the Knicks.

Robinson won in 2006 by dunking over retired pro, Spud Webb, a undersized NBA star and Dunk Champ himself. He competed in 2007, but couldn't get past a tough Gerald Green, then of the Celtics. Green, now with the Timberwolves, lost last year's contest to "Superman" Dwight Howard in 2008.

A fan vote will pick the fourth competitor for this year's dunk contest, but as it stands, the three said players are in.

Friday, December 19, 2008

I (Lebron) NY

Die hard Knick fan, Ivan Cash, once arrested for selling Hate the Coach shirts last January, has designed a new Lebron to NYK shirt that plays off of the famous New York tourism logo.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SLAM ONLINE: Patrick Ewing Jr. Q & A

Patrick Ewing Jr. has a few people hoping that he dopes get called up to the Knicks and play in the gym that his father once ruled. I spoke with him moments after he played in his first game for the Reno Big Horns in the NBA D-League.

Check out our chat on SLAM ONLINE.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cuttino Mobley Reaches The End

Cuttino Mobley has officially retired. After 10-years of playing through a heart condition, Mobley came to the Knicks in the trade that sent Zach Randolph to the Clippers. He ended his NBA career before ever playing in a game for the Knicks after the trade.

I can remember him having a 12 point 1st QT when he was on the Rockets. He had his moments in the NBA and theres nothing that can be taken away from him.